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truant

noun uk   /ˈtruː.ənt/ us  
[C] a child who is regularly absent from school without permission: Police reports showed that the vast majority of crime committed by children was carried out by truants.play truant UK ( US usually play hooky) to be regularly absent from school without permission: Most parents are horrified when they discover their children have been playing truant from school.

truant

verb [I] uk   /ˈtruː.ənt/ mainly UK us  
Children who truant are regularly absent from school, usually while pretending to their parents that they have gone to school: You'll fail all your exams if you carry on truanting.
(Definition of truant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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